Friday, March 30, 2007

Capital Punishment

A friend of mine forwarded me this short message:
Subject: Iran's stoning practice....in 2005!
This is a country that still lives in the 1600's.....
Link to Amnesty International Article on Stoning in Iran
I'm not sure why he picked the 1600's. It doesn't matter if it is 1600 BC, 1600 AD, or 2007. Capital punishment is perfectly fine with God. He invented it, and God's laws are timeless unless he rescinds them. Capital punishment is Biblical, and the means to carry it out given by God is stoning. Some people might think this is barbaric, but on what grounds? Who are you to judge God? Here's what my friend replied with when I emailed him back my thoughts on the Biblical foundation of capital punishment.
Yes - I know the basis but to say they are living in a civilized world today would be a stretch! And that they also condone the practice of cutting out people's tongues is also quite barbaric...
Now, since cutting out tongues is not Biblical (unless you want to push that eye-for-an-eye verse to an absurd extreme), I would agree that this practice might be barbaric. However, capital punishment is God's idea, and I think it is a good and proper part of the justice system for today's world. If we decide it is more "humane" to inject them rather than stone them, then I won't quibble over the implementation details. The good news is that God also has a solution for the sin problem through the grace of Jesus Christ. So, while there should be consequences for evil actions, we should be more concerned about saving the souls of criminals than their lives.

The real hypocrisy and injustice here is that the people who are against the death penalty for perpetrators of violent crimes are often the very same people who are very much in favor of the death penalty for innocent unborn babies. The link my friend sent me above is from Amnesty International. Here's another link explaining that Amnesty International has now decided that baby killing is a "human right" that should be available on demand. Hmmm, that does not compute. Infanticide is good, but capital punishment is bad? Talk about illogic! What hypocrites!!

Monday, March 12, 2007

The Lens to Reality

There is one reality "out there" but we all have different perspectives on that reality because we view it through the lens of our world view. Our world view and the values and belief systems it contains creates a lens through which we see reality. Different people have different reality lenses. Some people view things pretty clearly through a well focused lens, but most of us need some sort of vision correction to see reality clearly. This web site is about correcting our "reality vision."

Lots of things can warp your reality vision. What you are taught, what you choose to believe, your circumstances, your genetics, and the people around you all influence how you see reality. While I would like to think my reality vision is focused and clear, I'm sure it is far from perfect. It is myopic in some places and foggy in others. The good news is that we don't need an eye surgeon to improve our reality vision.

The friends and resources (like books and other media) I value most are those that help me see reality more clearly. In my world view I have confidence that I can improve in this area because my God is my Ultimate Reality, and He wants me to know Him. I honestly believe that true Reality cannot be found apart from the God of the Bible. I'm interested in what you think. Leave me a comment below.